eCall will be mandatory in all new cars
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This measure was passed in the European Parliament last April, after a decade on the drawing board and a three-year legislative odyssey where privacy concerns were among the main obstacles.
In fact, the eCall initiative’s roadmap dates back to 2002, with a deeper involvement of Europe’s Member States starting 2004, through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding. But in the worst tradition of Pan-European initiatives aligning the often disaligned wills of 28 countries is inevitably a challenge, and so this step has been a long time coming…On the other side of the Atlantic, Brazil, which had been keen on deploying a similar system, called Contran 245, announced in May 2014 that the new deadline was being pushed back to Jan 1st, 2016. In a country where government expenditure is being challenged on the streets and where car manufacturers are clearly against the measure, it is highly unlikely that the new date will stand.
As for Europe, it will be interesting to see how the eCall standard will be adopted and implemented by car manufacturers wishing to also deploy true infotainment platforms, such as Internet access, video downloads and onboard apps, in their vehicles.
Will these features peacefully co-exist with eCall requirements? For instance, who is going to pay the communications’ monthly fee? Will infotainment services be prevented from interfering with ongoing emergency eCall procedures? Now that the deadline is finally set, it’s time for engineers to take over.
- European Union
- Fleet Intelligence
- Fleet management
- Infotainment platform
- Vehicle tracking